Physical Education

Staff Members

  • Mr R Daniel – Head of Physical Education
  • Mrs L Wills – Head of Girls’ Physical Education
  • Miss S Upton – Teacher of Physical Education
  • Miss L Bell – Teacher of Physical Education
  • Mr J Dudbridge – Teacher of Physical Education
  • Mr R Meredith – Teacher of Physical Education
  • Miss S Dobler – Teacher of Physical Education
  • Mrs C Rolleston – Teacher of Physical Education and Teacher of “COPE”
  • Mr L Grenfell-Williams – Teacher of Physical Education
  • Mrs S Bates – School Sports Co-ordinatorKey Stage 3

Pupils in Key Stage 3 receive 4 hours of Physical Education per fortnight, run on a two week timetable. One lesson usually takes place outdoors; for the boys this is the first lesson of the week. In order to maximise facilities the girls use the indoor spaces on the first lesson of the week and swap for the second lesson. Pupils will learn a range of skills and sports focussing on 5 key areas:

  • Developing skills in physical activity
  • Making and applying decisions
  • Developing physical and mental capacity
  • Evaluating and improving
  • Making informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles

Key Stage 4

Year 10 receive 240 minutes of contact time over a fortnight, dropping to 120 minutes in Year 11. The activities cover the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum guidelines. In addition to the aims and purposes stated at Key Stage 3, students are offered opportunities to:

  • Tackle complex and demanding activities
  • Apply their knowledge of skills, techniques and effective performance
  • Focus on competing or performing
  • Promote health and well-being
  • Develop personal fitness
  • Take on roles which suit them best, including performer, leader and official
  • Identify the types of activity they prefer
  • Gain confidence to get involved in exercise and activity out of school and in later life


The theory part of the course is externally examined and is where you will learn about the factors that affect participation and performance such as motivation, skill and the respiratory system. You will investigate the relationship between health, fitness and physical activity in terms of training methods, diet and drugs. You will also learn about injuries in sport and their prevention and treatment.

Practically you will be assessed across a number of different sports and your grading in four of these sports will count towards your final grade. You can be assessed in activities studied in core PE lessons, in enrichment and for some students, sports pursued outside of school.

  • AQA Exam Board
    • Practical 60% of the final grade
    • Theory 40 % of the final grade

A-Level PE

  • OCR Exam Board
  • AS level
    • 10 periods over a fortnight
    • 40% 2 Practical Sports (Playing/Coaching or Officiating) and Oral Assessment.
    • 60% Theory Exam Paper.
      • Physiology
      • Skill Acquisition
      • Contemporary Studies

A2 Level

  • 30% 1 Practical Sport (Playing/Coaching or Officiating) and Oral Assessment.
  • 70% Theory Exam Paper.
  • Physiology
  • Psychology of Sport
  • Socio-Historical